Mr. Perfect

Reprinted from PN August 2012

Wheelchair bowler Sean Beam rolls his way to a perfect game.

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Shawn Beam rolls his way into the record books in Texas.

You can just call wheelchair bowler Shawn Beam “Mr. Perfect” after he rolled his way to a rare accomplishment earlier this year.

The American Wheelchair Bowling Association (AWBA) says Beam is the first freehand wheelchair bowler to shoot a certified perfect game. The 36-year-old put together 12 consecutive strikes for a 300 game on May 18 in Fort Worth, Texas. His score was certified by the United States Bowling Congress.

Beam had a pinched nerve in his spine at birth and has always required use of a wheelchair. He started bowling 22 years ago as a way to spend competitive time with his friends.

“There are not a lot of sports for people in wheelchairs where you can feel like you can compete on the same playing field as everyone else, and that has always been the big draw for me,” says Beam. “I’ve never let my chair keep me from doing what I want to do. Wheelchair basketball guys will never be in the NBA, but you can compete with anyone in bowling.”

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